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Old Jan 8, 2013, 07:10 PM   #1
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Use command instead of control?

I am a long time mac user so I am extremely adjusted to the standard keyboard layout. I just installed windows 8 and I want to use the "command" key instead of the "control" key when performing keyboard shortcuts. I know one can install 3rd party software to do this but I want to know if you can do this in windows without extra software?

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Old Jan 8, 2013, 09:05 PM   #2
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Command <-> Control Scancode Map Settings for Windows 2000 and Higher

This will tell the keyboard driver to swap the Command and Control keys. Just double click the .reg file, Merge it and then restart Windows.

If you want to restore the key's to their original functions then download the second file, Merge the .reg and restart Windows.

Edit: It's important to note that by applying this you loose the ability to trigger Ctrl+Alt+Del. Instead you will have to either use Fn+Cmd+Alt+Del or Cmd+Shift+Esc.

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  • LCtrl=LCmd, RCtrl=RCmd
  • LCmd=LCtrl, RCmd=RCtrl
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]
"Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,05,00,00,00,5b,e0,1d,00,5c,e0,1d,e0,\
  1d,00,5b,e0,1d,e0,5c,e0,00,00,00,00
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]
"Scancode Map"=-
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File Type: zip Cmd2Ctrl.zip (333 Bytes, 271 views)
File Type: zip Reset_Scancode_Map.zip (311 Bytes, 155 views)

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Old Jan 9, 2013, 04:26 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by Quad5Ny View Post
This will tell the keyboard driver to swap the Command and Control keys. Just double click the .reg file, Merge it and then restart Windows.

If you want to restore the key's to their original functions then download the second file, Merge the .reg and restart Windows.

Edit: It's important to note that by applying this you loose the ability to trigger Ctrl+Alt+Del. Instead you will have to either use Fn+Cmd+Alt+Del or Cmd+Shift+Esc.

---
  • LCtrl=LCmd, RCtrl=RCmd
  • LCmd=LCtrl, RCmd=RCtrl
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]
"Scancode Map"=hex:00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,05,00,00,00,5b,e0,1d,00,5c,e0,1d,e0,\
  1d,00,5b,e0,1d,e0,5c,e0,00,00,00,00
Code:
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Keyboard Layout]
"Scancode Map"=-

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